‘We are not criminals’ Nigerians tell their president

President Buhari

It’s the home of the “419” scam – the infamous online swindle named after a Nigerian anti-fraud law – and it’s no secret that this country’s international reputation has been tainted by allegations of criminality.

But it’s not something Nigerians expected to hear from the mouth of their president himself, especially while he was on an official visit to the UK.

In an interview with the Telegraph newspaper, President Muhammadu Buhari said that Nigerians abroad have “made it difficult for Europeans and Americans to accept them because of the number of Nigerians in prisons all over the world accused of drug trafficking or human trafficking.”

“We have an image problem abroad,” he said. “And we are on our way to salvage that. We will encourage our countrymen to stay at home, work hard and make a respectable living at home.”

Nigerians reacted to his remarks by the thousand – with rage, humour and some insightful self-reflection too.

– more @ bbc

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